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Dr. Julie Coffield to serve as Interim Dean of the Graduate School

Julie Coffield

Dr. Julie Coffield, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, will serve as our Interim Dean. In this position, she will oversee all administrative functions of the Graduate School and advocate for graduate education at the University and with other constituencies. As interim dean, she will direct all core functions, including planning, program development, admissions and recruitment, student quality of life issues, resource acquisition and allocation, and fund-raising opportunities.

Dr. Coffield has been involved in graduate training and administration with the University for the past 19 years. She is as Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology within the College of Veterinary Medicine and previously served as the Director of the Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program, a campus-wide program that includes students and faculty from several different colleges who share common interests in the field of toxicology.

Other Graduate School Appointments:

Dr. Meredith Welch-Devine

Dr. Meredith Welch-Devine has been named Interim Assistant Dean of the Graduate School. She will manage student appeals, work as the liaison for faculty relations and graduate student affairs, and work closely with Graduate Coordinators to resolve student issues as they arise. In addition, she will work with assistantship competitions and will serve as an ex officio member of two Graduate Council standing committees, the Admissions and Retention Committee and the Program Committee. She will continue to serve as the Director of Interdisciplinary and Innovative Initiatives.


Dr. Meredith Welch-Devine

Dr. Lisa Sperling joins the Graduate School as the Director of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives. As the Director of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives, she will direct recruitment efforts and outreach for the Graduate School, including coordinating recruitment efforts that target historically underrepresented populations. With the Recruitment and Diversity staff, she will oversee a number of Graduate School programs designed to assist recruitment and retention efforts, including the Future Scholars Visitation Program, the Graduate Feeder Program, the Summer Bridge Program, and the McNair Scholars Resources program. Prior to coming to the Graduate School, she was the Recruitment and Career Services Coordinator for the Masters in Public Administration program in the School of Public and International Affairs.